Saturday, August 22, 2009

Garden Inspirations




Welcome, I am so happy that you stopped by. We are having a cool day in Southern California with a touch of rain this morning. The perfect day to have a cup of tea. Come join me and Bentley, my studio assistant, in the garden and we will look for inspiration for a new painting.





I poured a cup of hot tea just for you.




Looks like Bentley is ready to look for inspiration.



Finding Inspiration . . . . .


I picked up a bouquet of flowers at the Farmers Market this morning.



Here . . . . .



And picked the last of the Foxglove blooms





This year my Foxgloves did very well in the garden - I found a shady place to plant them and they loved the location.




The Foxglove blossoms are beautiful and look almost transparent. The plant is poison so I always plant them in the front yard where Bentley can not get into them when he is looking for inspiration.





There . . . . .




I love putting garden hats and garden tools in my paintings.



Everywhere . . . . .



Now that we found our inspiration and I put together my composition, let's take a look at the finished painting.















Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate that you have taken time to follow my blog and leave me a comment. If you would like to see me paint something special or have any questions, please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail.

Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin

15 comments:

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Oooohhhh, it's beautiful Erin! ☺ Diane

kathi said...

Another beautiful painting! Bentley is just so cute! Love how he helps you find your inspiration!

The Country Nest said...

Your painting is just beautiful. Along with the garden and the oh so huggable Bently. Thanks for the tea...I'll be back to peek again.
Donna

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Erin! I am stopping in for my first visit and don't know which is more adorable - painting or Bentley!!! Ok your paintings are gorgeous so Bentley can have adorable! I want to move right into your art work!!! OUTSTANDING and soo colorful! I love it!!! I must go explore now! I'll be back often! Sincerely, Jeannette

Aimee said...

What a beautiful post!!! All of your pictures are so summery and charming.

If you get a chance, stop by my Blog for a visit! I just put up 3 New Posts.
Have a great week,
Aimee

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi Erin!

Miss you! And Bentley!

Love the painting of the sunflower still-life!

Stop by!

love, kelee & oliver

Sue said...

Erin, What a charmingly beautiful painting. The bouquet in the watering can is so pretty- love your foxgloves. So cozy and inviting. Thanks for the invitation to tea!
:-) Sue

Mary said...

Erin, this is such a colorful, uplifting painting, you captured a gardener's Summer perfectly.

So lucky to be able to grow foxgloves....they are beautiful....mine always die as soon as the heat and humidity get to them here.

Your Bentley is the most cuddly looking dog I've seen, what breed is he? Bet you two have a grand time together as he seems to enjoy puttering in the flowers!

Stacey said...

Just beautiful Erin! I am always in awe of your work.

Ruth Welter said...

Just a beautiful painting Erin...Foxglove is one of my favorites too...

Ruth

bj said...

O, Erin...I want those pillows and that adorable tablecloth...so cheery and colorful !! Just like you!
The painting is to die for.
I've just spent a good half hour, catching up on your pretty posts. I have been away from my computer a lot thru the summer...but then, wintertime is the time to hang out in the computer room!! Too many fun things to do in the summer...
I am totally IN LUV with your ROADSIDE MARKET painting and looked for it in your shop. I am looking forward to your opening of the Etsy ....it will be such fun to see your paintings and the prices.
Hoping these last days of summer have been good for you. It is just now beginning to cool down a tad here in West Texas. We are restricted on water so our lawns and flowers are turning brown now. I think that is one reason I love seeing your pretty flowers!!
Hug Mr. Bentley for me....:)

Patty's Stitches said...

Erin,
As always, your painting is gorgeous! I just love your style. I always take my time and look around on your site and savor the the things you post. I love all the flowers and that tablecloth, and those pillows, and that watering can, and Bentley, and..... oh, I love it all! Oh, and thanks for your nice comment you left on my blog!
Blessings,
Patty

Phyllis said...

Bentley did a great job as usual finding inspiration. Your foxgloves are gorgeous; one of my favorite flowers. It's cool that you painted sunflowers. I almost gave you a request to paint something "fallish".

Sharon Kay said...

Thanks for the walk through the darling shop and gardens. I just love your blog, the pictures you take with the lens and the pictures you paint are just beautiful. I just sent your blog to a friend of mine that loves to paint.....Sharon K

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Beautiful! Love the colors you used in your inspiration setting and your painting. just looks like such a fun spot. laurie